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Mountain Views

There are so many different and surprising views as you ascend and descend a mountain. So many things you can see – especially when you look for them. The journey can be the main attraction. By focusing on what is around you, whilst you climb, you will see so many delights. Little things become clearer. You may decide to have a break at a certain view…a view which has just crossed your path. Unplanned. Unexpected. Sometimes you may feel alone and other times surrounded by noise or people. Notice this moment…this moment filling your senses.

We all know the phrase “seeing is believing”, so how about we turn things around? How about “believing is seeing”? If you look for things you will notice them. When you look for positive moments you realise they are right here. When you look for what you have achieved, accomplished and reached, you realise there are plenty.

Mountain View

So the journey up and down a mountain, however far you reach, is like having MS. There are bumpy paths, grassy paths, well trodden paths and also there are paths there to be discovered – yet to be paths. At certain points there may be obstacles to negotiate around, ones which become challenges or that steer you in a different direction. Some views will seem familiar and some views repetitive. Whilst other views will seem so dynamic, amazing and enlightening…if you look for them. Add to the mix the elements of our weather, others around you, decisions at each option and how you wish to feel. If you look behind you or in front of you, you see where you are in relation to many things in your mind and many things in your vision – then you can move forwards. This is what helps us in our off-mountain life. The here and now up a mountain is the here and now in your every day lifestyle. Choosing what you see; what you wish to see and what you feel.

The mountain is calling…so come and join me. Let’s go check out the views.

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For The Greater Freedom

It’s just dawned on me that I’m actually limiting my independent travel. I’ve realised that independent trips out have been too controlled by my choice of equipment to hand. Recently I’ve felt so happy with being able to walk a bit, and thus proud of this ability, that I’ve been using my rollator as much as possible. However on reflection of this when travelling solo I now realise that by using the rollator I’m actually reducing my freedom. I can cover a much further distance in the wheelchair. And so I think that now the novelty and perhaps the self-proving stage has passed, I can get on with using what works best in what situation. It’s quite a minefield to process…so I’m currently awake in the middle of the night needing to clarify things and create clear waters.

When travelling on my own and relying on public transport the wheelchair enables me to wander a few miles and also catch the commercial bus – which in turn means I can be spontaneous with when and where I go. It means that I can get to a bus stop and feel one of the masses…and preferably move to a regular seat in order to face forwards. When being taken out in the car and accompanied, the rollator provides the ideal apparatus for walking with someone, having an eye level experience and with easier access to buildings; blending in to the crowd and having the safety of someone being able to move the car to pick me up.

Is this feeling like a step backwards? Perhaps so however if I’m to maximise my benefits in life then I need to focus on looking at the situation from the aspect of greater freedom and independence – and this means that I can go out more. I’ve actually realised that since using the rollator and travelling independently I’ve only gone out three times (by community bus) – twice to go directly to an office to volunteer and the other time was yesterday to get to my dentist appointment. With my brain processing all sort of activities in town and preparing for an appointment I found this experience to have been slightly limiting. Deep down I knew that being in the wheelchair will have improved my trip. Yes, sure, with the rollator I was standing up and able to take my time however the wheelchair does provide me with a more comfortable experience overall. Which in turn gives me more freedom, more independence, greater distances…and therefore more accessibility.

It seems that there is always more to learn about having such a variable disease. There is a lot of safety to take on board in order to keep my health at optimum levels. Changes can occur at almost any moment – reminding me that life is always changing, whatever our situations and capabilities, and whatever our choices. My advice to myself is to accept the modes of mobility transport with flexibility and focus on the objective. So as I process this I hope to see the wider opportunities grow.

shoe wheelI’m still doing well on the Wahls Protocol; my training programme continues to work for me and my muscles gaining strength; my relaxation techniques being just that; my cooking skills increasing as I experiment with baking options and gain confidence. My overall happiness is glowing and growing. Also as a couple, our lives are changing so much – for the better. We went out cycling at the weekend, and with the exception of the biggest hill, I realised that I was grinning for the whole trip…the enormity of happiness was far beyond my expectations. I’m very much enjoying sharing my journey with people – sharing this good news is such an energy magnet for everyone. Thank you for being part of my happiness and success.


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Pathways

Hello…after a long time away from writing.
It seems to be that my last vice –  chocolate – is now causing too many pains and symptoms/reactions to my nervous system. It has been my only intake of caffeine however I bow to the demands of my MS.

My MS is on it’s own path…a slightly downhill path and so I must roll with it. Sometimes I try to stop it; fight it; liaise with it or even try to understand it as a disease…however my cognition needs to save this energy and just listen to the signs that my ruler provides me with. We must become a valuable team and coordinate together. No fight…just more and more peace. Be at one. Become one.

I’ve been trying to fathom how to redefine my life and my journey so to include satisfaction; sense of achievement; purpose and direction. However I may be starting to see that my journey is in today. Today is the day which I am living in and this is where my body needs to be in order to function with greater ease.
Today I was thinking about others whom may be drifting in their lives…through relationships or jobs or avoidances of other kinds. I’ve never been comfy with drifting…I’m a goal setter. Perhaps my new goal needs to be drifting?!

Having health conditions teaches us so many things. It teaches our closest people too. Listen to yourself and be on your own side.

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